On March 1-2, The U.S. Embassy in Oman sponsored a hands-on, practical TechCamp event entitled “Innovative Strategies for Future Entrepreneurs” in collaboration with Knowledge Oman, Information Technology Authority (ITA), and Sultan Qaboos University. The two-day event connected young technology students and budding entrepreneurs with accomplished business professionals and technology experts. These local and international trainers shared their experiences and insights, which encouraged participants to think creatively and critically about their proposed business ideas.
Participants described the event as “very interactive,” expressing appreciation for the opportunity to collaborate with successful professionals in fields related to their proposed startups. One participant declared TechCamp Oman as “one of the most educative journeys of [her] life,” citing enthusiastic trainers and effective presentations as key factors.
Rapid prototyping with facilitator Xiaohoa Michelle Ching proved a favorite activity among the 47 participants. Ching, who developed an app to improve students’ literacy, has been recognized as a 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 in Education and a Forbes 30×100 “intelligencer,” set to influence the next century. TechCamp attendees also benefited from speakers on topics such as social media marketing, building blockchain applications, and agile scrum. Throughout the event, the trainers highlighted the power of technology to solve real-world problems and drive economic growth.
To conclude the tech event, Marc J. Sievers, the U.S. Ambassador to Oman, and Hassan Lawati, ITA Director General, presented a certificate to each participant.
The U.S. State Department has implemented the successful TechCamp model in more than 60 locations worldwide since the program’s inception in 2010. TechCamp Oman was designed to equip young entrepreneurs with the ability to innovate, survive, and thrive in the local and regional market. This was the first TechCamp held in Oman.